The worst part of the stanley cup final game is watching the losing team on the bench.

Let's go back to the end of the regular season. When the leafs lost, and didnt' make the playoffs, it was just anti-climactic. "Oh well, better luck next year."

 For the edmonton oilers, the 8th place seed, to come so close to the cup – fight back from a 3-1 deficit, and then lose a close one in Carolina – is really tough.

 They weren't blown out in the last game.

 It's not that they were swept.

 They were close. real close. 

but in the end, it wasn't enough.